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A Grindr/Facebook hybrid launches for people with HIV

A Grindr/Facebook hybrid launches for people with HIV
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A new app hopes to foster better health and stronger connections.

A new “all-in-one” social media network for people living with HIV recently launched with tens of thousands of members already signed up.

In development for over eight years, Positive+1 launched in November and is available to people in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.K., and the U.S.

The people behind Positive+1 tout the HIV-centered social media app as “a first of its kind globally,” filling the need of a community longing for connection and information. On the app, members can find educational materials, drug details, local support networks, and personal connection with both professionals and peers.

“People with HIV experience stigma due to outdated stereotypes and misinformation,” David Vaughn, a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and someone living with HIV since 2004, said in a statement. “This can often lead to people with HIV feeling isolated and experiencing poorer mental health. Positive+1 is a welcome addition, allowing people with HIV to connect with those sharing similar experiences. I hope the app will be the catalyst for many friendships and a space where people can seek advice and encouragement to stay healthy.”

The app was started by Christian Mercer-Hall, a young gay dad from the U.K. who turned his focus on creating Postiive+1 after the barbershop and tattoo parlor he operated burned down.

“It feels surreal to say we’re finally here,” Mercer-Hall said in a statement. “This has been almost a decade in the making and I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved. A resource like Positive+1 is going to make a difference to so many people, on so many levels.”

Positive+1 is available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Visit for more information.

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